Rosalie Ham on ageing and family. Another cracker from the author of The Dressmaker

When Margery’s family are gathering to celebrate her 80th birthday, even though it’s only her 79th, she is planning to end it all at the Tropic Hotel.  She has recently found out that she has been in the dark about a lot of things during her life, and feels a fool because of it.  Her family are variously, dim and adoring, bitter and grasping, or totally absent.  Ham has created a cast of characters you can love and hate, but mostly empathise with, and the relationship between the two elderly neighbours is lovely.  The book has humour, pathos and a keen ear for the nuances of extended family life. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a good book for discussion groups. $32.95

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